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J&J hit with $417m bill over talc cancer claim

J&J hit with $417m bill over talc cancer claim

Business
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has been ordered to pay a woman $ 417m (£323m) in the latest cancer compensation case relating to its talc-based products.A jury in California awarded the sum to Eva Echeverria, who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using products such as Johnson's baby powder.The consumer goods company said it would appeal against the verdict handed down at the Los Angeles Superior Court.The sum is the largest single financial hit so far from a string of cases it is facing related to the cancer allegations, which it denies.Most centre on claims that the company allegedly failed to warn women about a risk that the mineral talc could cause ovarian cancer.Ms Echeverria was awarded $ 70m in compensatory damages and $ 347m in punitive damages.J&J's lawyers said the ...
Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

Breast cancer helpline founder paid herself £31k

Health
A national breast cancer charity is being investigated after its founder paid herself £31,000, in breach of charity law.Wendy Watson, who launched the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline in 1996, has resigned as a trustee. Financial irregularities were uncovered by the Charity Commission, which has issued an official warning for "significant breaches of trust".Lawyers for Mrs Watson and the charity described the payments as "an error".Mrs Watson, of Derbyshire, founded the charity four years after she became the first woman in the UK to have a pre-emptive mastectomy. Five years ago she was appointed MBE for services to people with breast cancer.The pre-emptive mastectomy procedure was made famous in 2013 when American actress Angelina Jolie had the surgery.The charity was set up to ...
John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

World
US Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, his office has said.The Arizona politician had a blood clot removed from above his left eye last Friday and tissue analysis since the procedure revealed a brain tumour, known as glioblastoma, was associated with the clot.His doctors in Phoenix said the 80-year-old is reviewing treatment options that may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.They added he is recovering from his surgery "amazingly well" at home and that his underlying health is "excellent".In a statement, Mr McCain's office said the senator "appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days"."He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona."He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo...
Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Prostate cancer blood test 'helps target treatment'

Health
Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment.The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working.Cancer Research UK said the test could "greatly improve survival".But larger studies involving more men needed to take place to confirm if doctors could rely on the test, the charity said.Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug called olaparib.This type of precision drug is seen as the future of cancer medicine but because it is a targeted treatment, the drug does not work for everyone.Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS ...
Living drugs new frontier for cancer patients out of options

Living drugs new frontier for cancer patients out of options

Technology
Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins and unleashed them into his bloodstream. Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and this is its next frontier — creating "living drugs" that grow inside the body into an army that seeks and destroys tumors. Looking in the mirror, Shefveland saw "the cancer was just melting away." A month later doctors at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center couldn't find any signs of lymphoma in the Vancouver, Washington, man's body. "Today I find out I'm in full remission — how wonderful is that?" said Shefveland with a wide grin, giving his physician a quick embrace. This experimental t...